Just asking those who aren’t self-employed: just how much right do you think your employer should have to sack you based on political and other opinions you express online, in the circumstances where:
- you are not using company time to write that material;
- you are not revealing secret company information; and
- you use a pseudonym, so there’s no risk whatsoever anyone could take what you say to be endorsed by your employer.
My view is that the answer is “none, no right whatsoever” – and I’m a pretty demanding boss to my sole employee. It would be a pretty nasty and arrogant organisation that would try to enforce its corporate views on its employees in their private lives; dismissing them for vigorous participation in political or other social debate (so long as they don’t breach the conditions above) should be, frankly, unlawful.
What next? Employers sacking you because of what you choose to do in your bedroom?*
*Apart from religious organisations that have already got an exemption from government to do just that, of course.
NOTE: This post is about the issue in general. It is not about any specific incidents, and any speculation about specific people will be deleted.